Analyst examines Obama's effect on polarization listen12/04/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Over the weekend, a new poll in the Des Moines Register shows Barack Obama is the choice of 28 percent of Iowa Democrats likely to attend next monthâ€™s caucuses, up 6 points in the last month. That puts him ahead in that poll for the first time against Hilary Clinton.
Analysts say a key turning point in Obamaâ€™s campaign was three weeks ago when the six major candidates spoke at the Iowa Democratic Partyâ€™s traditional Jefferson-Jackson dinner before 9,000 Democrats. There, he delivered a speech so compelling that supporters for some of the other candidates reportedly jumped to their feet and cheered.
Part of Obamaâ€™s appeal has been that he can break the partisan divide in the country.
Journalist Ron Brownsteinâ€™s new book, The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisianship has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America, deals with that topic. WMNF spoke with Brownstein last week.